26 Feb 2014

How To Get To The Buildings Along Buendia From LRT Gil Puyat Station

  • 26 Feb 2014
  • Lagalag

  • This article will guide you on how to get to your building destination located along Gil Puyat Ave formerly known as Buendia from LRT-1 Gil Puyat Station which is located in Taft Ave corner Gil Puyat in Pasay. The sign of the jeepney you must ride is either "Guadalupe" or "Bel-Air MRT.".

    To know if your building destination is included in this post, please press "ctrl" + "G" on your keyboard (Google Chrome only). Enter the name of your building destination inside the box that will appear on your browser. If your building is written here, the box will display number of times it is written. You will see the count at the right end of the box. If your building is not written here, the box will display red color. Let's begin.

    From LRT Gil Puyat Station, go to any loading area along Gil Puyat. You can cross Taft Ave (use pedestrian crossing only) then go to loading area near 7-11 store. Or you ride a jeepney while the traffic lights are red for Gil Puyat Ave. Please observe traffic rules. You may walk a little bit from Taft intersection to ride if boarding is prohibited near Taft.

    The jeepney will cross Osmena Highway (with flyover above it) followed by PNR railways. Get off the jeepney before it crosses Osmena to go to Cash & Carry or SM Hypermarket Osmena Highway. Cross Gil Puyat, walk along Osmena to get to Cash&Carry. Do not cross Buendia, just turn right onto Osmena Highway and walk toward SM Hypermarket located at the corner of Finlandia and Osmena.

    Get off the jeepney after it crossed Osmena and PNR railways if your destination are any of the following:

    The Linear Makati - located at the corner of Malugay and Mayapis. Cross Gil Puyat and walk along Mayapis, the road paralleled to railways. The condo is at next corner.

    The Collective - just walk from The Linear along Malugay, The Collective is next, at your left.

    Avida Towers Makati West - is along Malugay also, walk past The Collective and you'll see the condo right away.

    If your destination are the following, do not cross Gil Puyat after you get off the jeepney:

    Citiland Makati Executive Tower 3 - the building located right where your alight.

    Citiland Makati Executive Tower 2&1 - are located next to each other at the back. Walk along Mayapis and turn left at the next street which is Dela Rosa.

    Citiland Dela Rosa Condominium - next to Citiland Makati Executive Tower 1.

    Makati Gospel Church - between Citiland Makati Executive and Citiland Dela Rosa.

    Next unloading area is Washington, the road perpendicular to Gil Puyat. Alight there if your destination is located at Washington St. Cross Gil Puyat from Washington if your destination is either LPL Bldg or Grepalife Bldg which are next to each other opposite Wahington Washington St.

    Next intersection with traffic lights is Chino Roces Ave formerly known as Pasong Tamo. Get off the jeepney at Chino Roces if your building destination are any of the following:

    Exportbank Plaza - also known as Export Bank Plaza, located exactly at the corner of Gil Puyat and Chino Roces. It's the tall building.

    McDonald's - located opposite Exportbank Plaza, opposite corner of Gil Puyat and Chino Roces.

    Center Point Bldg - next to McDonald's along Chino Roces. The signage at the building spells Centrepoint Bldg.

    Jaka - next to Centerpoint along Chino Roces opposite corner of Export Drive/Urban Ave.

    Oriental Garden Makati - next to Exportbank Plaza along Chino Roces.

    Comfoods Bldg - located opposite McDonald's, corner of Gil Puyat and Chino Roces. Cross Gil Puyat and cross Chino Roces.

    Centro Escolar University - next to Comfoods along Gil Puyat.

    STI College - next to McDonald's along Gil Puyat.

    West of Ayala - the tall building past STI College.

    Burgundy Corporate Tower - next to West of Ayala.

    Next intersection with traffic lights is Ayala Ave. Get off the jeepney before it crosses Ayala Ave if your destination are any of the following:

    Aegis Peoples Support Center - corner of Ayala and Gil Puyat.

    Makati Central Post Office - opposite Aegis People's Support along Buendia. Cross Buendia/Gil Puyat to get there.

    Philippine Axa Life Center - the tall glass and concrete building next to Makati Central Post Office.

    Skyland Plaza - next to Philippine Axa Life Center, located at the corner of Tindalo St.

    After the jeepney has cross Ayala Ave intersection, here are buildings along Gil Puyat Ave that you can get to:

    RCBC Plaza - the skyscraper at the corner of Ayala Ave and Gil Puyat Ave aka Buendia.

    Yuchengco Museum - located at RCBC Plaza, either get in Gil Puyat entrance or walk along Ayala Ave to get there. It is next to Yuchengco Tower.

    The Columns Ayala Ave - opposite corner or left of Gil Puyat, that means you will cross Buendia.

    One Central - next to RCBC Plaza along Gil Puyat, located at the corner of Buendia and the small road next to Ayala.

    FEU Makati - opposite of One Central, cross Buendia to get there.

    If your destination are any of the following, wait until the jeepney has crossed Ayala Ave and passed the road between RCBC Plaza and One Central. Walk to any of these buildings:

    In this order from One Central,

    Planters Bank
    Eastern Telecom Plaza

    At the opposite side of Gil Puyat are:

    BIR Revenue Region 8
    GYNOSIS Int'l Learning Center
    Pag-ibig Fund Makati - Justine Bldg
    Star Centrum

    Next intersection is Tordesillas. Get off the jeepney before it pass Tordesillas if your destination are any of these:

    Le Triomphe - next to Eastern Telecoms.
    Mondragon House - next to Le Triomphe.
    Le Metropole - next to Mondragon House.

    The following buildings are located between Tordesillas and Makati Ave, right side only of Gil Puyat Ave. The buildings are listed below in the order of their locations from the corner of Tordesillas and Makati Ave. So if your building destination are somewhat in the middle of the list, you must adjust yourself on where to get off the jeepney so that you get near the building. Please observe rules in loading and unloading areas to avoid any inconveniences.

    Shang Salcedo Place
    Elizabeth Place
    The World Centre
    GF & Partners Bldg
    ACT Tower
    Country Space 1
    Soho Makati
    Salcedo Park
    The Church of Christ of Latter Day Saints
    Petron Mega Plaza (Norwegian Embassy)
    BPI Buendia Center
    Pacific Star Bldg

    The following buildings are located at the left side of Gil Puyat from Tordesillas to Makati Ave. This means you will cross Gil Puyat. You must use pedestrian lane to avoid inconveniences. Alight at proper unloading area only. For your reference, the buildings are listed in order of their positions from Tordesillas to Makati Ave so that if your building destination is near Makati Ave, alight at Makati Ave, cross Gil Puyat and walk back toward your building.

    Mapua Institure of Technology - corner of Gil Puyat and Nicanor Garcia
    Yupangco Bldg - other corner of Gil Puyat and Nicanor Garcia
    ITC Bldg
    This one is an abandoned building
    Metro House
    Union Ajinomoto
    Morning Star Center
    OPPEN Bldg aka Welding Industries of the Philippines
    Another abandoned building
    New Solid Building
    Employees Compensation Commission
    SSS or Social Security System
    DTI or Department of Trade & Industry
    Petron Gas Station Gil Puyat

    Next intersection after Makati Ave is Paseo de Roxas. There are only two buildings at the right side of Gil Puyat on that area. I will update this if a building is constructed there. So, get off the jeep and walk to:

    DBP or Development Bank of the Philippines - corner of Gil Puyat and Makati Ave.
    Metrobank Plaza

    The following buildings are located at the left side of Gil Puyat from Makati Ave to Paseo de Roxas. Get off the jeepney at the proper unloading area, cross Gil Puyat Ave and walk toward your building. If your building is near Paseo de Roxas, alight at Paseo de Roxas, cross the road and walk back toward your destination.

    The buildings are listed below in order of their locations from Makati Ave to Paseo de Roxas:

    Executive Building
    SM CyberOne
    DTI International
    Goldland Building Herbalife
    ECB Bldg BDO Paseo de Roxas

    The only building between Paseo de Roxas is:

    Medicard Lifestyle Center

    To get there, get off the jeepney before it crosses Paseo de Roxas or alight after it crosses Paseo.

    The following buildings are located at the left side of Gil Puyat Ave from Paseo de Roxas to EDSA. If your building destination is nearer to Paseo de Roxas, alight after the jeepeny has crossed Paseo de Roxas, cross Gil Puyat Ave and walk toward your building. If your building destination is nearer to EDSA, get off the jeepney at unloading zone near to EDSA, cross Gil Puyat and walk toward your building.

    Important: Some jeepneys with "Bel-Air" sign turn left onto Paseo de Roxas and then turn right onto Jupiter, the road paralleled to Gil Puyat. Jupiter is at the back of the buildings listed below. So, if your jeepney takes Jupiter, you can alight anywhere along Jupiter. If that is the case, then get off the jeepney at the right location of your building destination and enter your building at its back entrance, all of them has back entrances.

    Tip: If your building destination is one of the buildings listed below, it would be better if you ride a jeepney that would take or pass through Jupiter on its way to EDSA or MRT Buendia Station. "Guadalupe" bound jeepneys don't take Jupiter. Only jeepneys with "Bel-Air" signs take Jupiter St. Not all of them take Jupiter, so it's better if you ask the driver if he's passing through Jupiter.

    For your reference, the buildings are listed in the order of their location from Paseo de Roxas to EDSA/MRT-3 Buendia Station:

    Saville Building
    DTI Board of Investments
    387 Used Auto Center
    Tara Building
    ALCO Building
    Goodwill Building
    Accelerando Building
    Buendia Car Exchange
    ENZO Building
    Midland Buendia
    Urban Building
    PDAF Building
    SM CyberTwo

    17 Feb 2014

    Skyway Stage 3 Construction Begins

  • 17 Feb 2014
  • Lagalag

  • Metro Manila Skyway 3 Starts
    The much awaited construction of 14.8 km Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3 Project which will link up NLEX to SLEX in an unobstructed way begins Monday Feb 17, 2014. An ultimate remedy to the perennial problem of our metropolis in easing up the traffic, the P26.7 billion infrastructure project will end patching up different kinds of band-aid solutions our government has tried for years now but with no or little effect. Finally, we can see light at the end of the tunnel, so to speak.

    Alternate Routes

    Skyway 3 Alternative Routes Rerouting
    Expect heavy traffic along South Super Highway and Osmena Highway as well as minor and major roads near the vicinity of the construction site. To help lessen the impact of the volume of traffic, directional signs are placed 500 meters before you reach the area in which the construction starts, giving alternative routes that motorists can take in going to their respective destinations.

    Alternate routes are either perpendicular or paralleled artillery roads to SLEX with others intersecting it. You can avoid the bottleneck by taking one of these thoroughfares while MMDA still plans in adding rerouting schemes. As of this writing, the alternative routes available are the following: FB Harrison, Leon Guinto, Macapagal Blvd, Pedro Gil, Pres Quirino, Roxas Blvd, Taft Ave and Singalong.


    Although the full blast construction of Skyway 3 is scheduled to start this April, two southbound inner lanes and the center island will be fenced 10 pm today. Center island will be moved a little bit to equal the number of lanes in southbound and northbound directions. Once the center island is already moved, it will be used for the pillars of the elevated highway. No trees will be cut, they'll be undergone a process in which they will be taken care of and transplant back again once the project is complete.

    Digging inside the fenced center of the affected part of Osmena Highway which starts from Vito Cruz will not happen yet. MMDA will observe the level of effect on the flow of traffic and make necessary adjustment. Alternative routes will be added depending upon the gravity of effect on the volume of traffic caused. Once the created flow of traffic is manageable, works will proceed immediately. And if the traffic becomes so serious, they'll add more alternate routes.

    Initial Phase

    The area which will be the center of the works of the initial phase of construction measured around 300 meters. It starts from Vito Cruz and works progress up to San Andres.

    Skyway Stage 3 when finished

    It spans 14.8 kilometers from where it connects to the old Skyway up to Balintawak. It passes through the highly dense areas of Metro Manila and it snakes its way above different connected main thoroughfares. From Makati, it winds and ends in Balintawak passing through Buendia, Quirino, Nagtahan, Aurora Blvd, E Rodriguez, Quezon Ave and Sgt Rivera, in that order. Driving to Makati from NLEX would be in a breeze. Traveling time from Alabang to Bulacan and vice versa will be greatly reduced. Meanwhile, below the newly constructed Skyway, buses, jeepneys and taxis pass through without any gridlock. Each intersection that the jeepney you're riding in approaches has no standstill traffic. Waiting for a go signal is very brief. Not to mention the aesthetic aspects of shaded ground level roads embellished with different kinds of foliage and ornaments in different spots. This project is very auspicious, it catapults Metro Manila to the spot occupied by Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur in city planning.

    Sacrifice Sought

    Skyway 3 route and where to pass
    All good things in life has corresponding price. You couldn't have a professional career if you didn't go to school. You don't make a living if you don't work. In progress, it's all the same.

    The Skyway is not intended to benefit private car owners only. It is designed for the benefits of students, jeepney drivers, taxi drivers, professional workers as well as blue collars. Once the flows of traffic in the city streets that crisscrossing President Osmena Highway and all the thoroughfares beneath the elevated highway are lessen, public commuters will spend less time commuting. They'll arrive at their destination on time. Be it your school or work, you would arrive there without stress. You don't need to wake up early to make up for the traffic of commute. Jeepney drivers would definitely increase their income because they'll increase number of passing through their routes without traffic. Skyway 3 project is for the entire Filipino nation. Kudos to DPWH!

    15 Feb 2014

    How To Commute To Tagaytay's Tourist Spots

  • 15 Feb 2014
  • Lagalag

  • In this article are not only directions on how to get to Tagaytay's tourist spots, but a section for locating Tagaytay Hotels, as well. For budget travelers, cheap hotels in Tagaytay are almost everywhere there. Tagaytay is popular for the breathtaking views of the picturesque Taal Volcano which is visible from almost any vantage point in the city. But more attractions came out and this city in the highlands of Cavite instantaneously becomes a tourist magnet that attracts even the locals of northern part of Metro Manila. Thanks to The Sky Eye. Here's how to get to Tagaytay and the next ride to take in going to some of attractions there. Hotels in Tagaytay is our last subtopic. You can easily locate a hotel in Tagaytay using each provided Tagaytay map. So read the attractions' directions first. After that, the shortcuts to accommodations.

    This Commute Direction Guide shows you...

    how to go to Sky Eye
    how to go to Sky Ranch
    how to go to Picnic Grove
    how to go to Eco-Adventure Trail
    how to go to People's Park
    how to go to Puzzle Mansion

    How To Commute To Tagaytay From Metro Manila

    The most convenient way to get to Tagaytay is via South West Integrated Terminal. If you don't know the location of Southwest Integrated Bus Terminal and how to get there, please go to Integrated Bus Terminal for Batangas & Cavite Buses.

    Take a bus with "Tagaytay" sign. You can also ride a "Mendez" or a "Nasugbu" signed bus. Your drop off point in Tagaytay City is Olivarez Terminal. Get off the bus there. Olivarez Terminal is located at the city proper of Tagaytay. It is the location of jeepneys headed to different spots of Tagaytay. Olivarez Terminal is located before the famous Tagaytay Rotonda. There are lots of commercial buildings, banks, retail shops, food stalls, fast foods and restaurants.

    Once in Olivarez Terminal, you can easily get to Tagaytay's popular attractions by means of jeepney rides plus maybe a trike. So, without further ado, here are the directions:

    How To get To Sky Ranch and Sky Eye?

    Sky Eye the tallest Ferris Wheel in the Philippines
    The sign of jeepney to ride in going to both Sky Ranch and Sky Eye is any of the following: Mahogany, Alfonso, Mendez, NBI. You don't need to go to the main terminal of these jeepneys as they stop and load passengers at the southbound lane of Emilio Aguinaldo highway, the lane where you alighted from the bus that you would have ridden from South West Integrated Terminal. But if you have decided to have some fast meal at any food establishments located at Olivarez Terminal, then you must cross Emilio Aguinaldo highway again to take one of these jeepneys.

    Same Location

    It's easy to commute to Sky Ranch just take a jeepney in Olivarez Terminal
    Sky Ranch and Sky Eye is located at the same location. To avoid confusion, Sky Eye is actually one of many attractions of or within Sky Ranch. There are just so much hypes about Sky Eye that make us think it is a separate destination. You can easily determine you are nearing the Sky Ranch because you will surely see the giant Ferris Wheel, the tallest in the Philippines, which is the Sky Eye itself even if the jeepney you're riding is still far. You will be dropped off at the side road opposite Sky Ranch giant marker.

    How To Get To Picnic Grove and Eco-Adventure Trail?

    You can commute to The Picnic Grove by one jeepney ride at Olivarez Terminal
    Picnic Grove and Eco-Adventure Trail are situated next to each other and perched in the sloping wide expanse of land and forest of Tagaytay mountainous land. How to go there? Head to Olivarez Jeepney Terminal and ride the jeepney bound for or with sign of "People's Park". There's a big signage of Picnic Grove at the right side of Tagaytay-Calamba Road where the Picnic Grove is located. Nevertheless, ask the driver to drop you off there. Once dropped off, walk your way up to the site of the Picnic Grove.

    Things to do in Picnic Grove and Eco-Adventure Trail

    The hanging bridge of Eco-Adventure Trail Picnic Grove Tagaytay
    The recommended exploring of these two major destinations if I were to be asked is to first have an enjoyable picnic at one of the many huts of the Picnic Grove while enjoying the breathtaking view of Taal Volcano. Have some photo shoots. And after your stomach has digested all you have eaten, begin your adventure of Eco-Adventure Trail. You will definitely enjoy the trail as you walk and follow the directions of the interconnected wooden bridges as the trail snakes its way through the woods and ravines. Jump-off point of the boardwalk is just a few feet away from the Picnic Grove. The highlight of the trail is the hanging bridge which is a little bit heart pumping to cross.

    Boardwalk of Eco-Adventure Trail Picnic Grove Tagaytay
    While crossing the hanging bridge, you can enjoy looking at the seemingly wild forest beneath it. Just don't panic as it is natural for a hanging bridge to be a bit wobbly. The view is really awesome for anyone who is nature's lover. Past the hanging bridge, the boardwalk continued and you will be treated to different angles of Taal Lake views as well as the Taal Volcano that you can't make out at times but nevertheless gives a different feeling of disappearing panorama.

    Zipline in Eco-Adventure Trail Tagaytay
    As the trail climbs up in zigzag boardwalk, you will be passing by the launch pad of the zip line that you would have been seeing a long while. As you finished the trail, climb up the uphill opposite end of the Eco-Adventure Trail. Waiting for you above is the viewing deck which will give you great vantage points of the entire panorama of Taal Lake and the volcano. Other things to do in and around Picnic Grove are: horseback riding, cable car riding, boat riding, souvenirs shopping, etc.

    How To Get To People's Park in the Sky?

    Commuting to People's Park is a breeze by jeepney from Olivarez Terminal
    People's Park in the Sky is located at tip of a mountain where the route of the jeepney you will have ridden in going to Picnic Grove ends. Simply take "People's Park" signed jeepney at its terminal in Olivarez Terminal. The jeepney unloads the passengers just outside of the unfinished building intended to be a palace in the sky which is now known as "People's Park in the Sky."

    What to see in People's Park

    The great panorama of People's Park is the lowland with villas that looked like miniature
    Magnificent view of the lowlands resplendent with verdancies and dotted with colorful villas. With the winding highway that looks like a car toy road curved in the mound and the tiny vehicles passing through it, the sight would pass for a grand miniature that you are looking down at. Getting inside the old unfinished structure, you get to see a cloistered garden where some travelers hangout and chat. A mini chapel and a statue of Jesus Christ stand at the edge overlooking the zigzag road. There are souvenir shops, an eatery and a variety store. For call of nature, comfort rooms are located near the garden.

    How To Get To Puzzle Mansion

    Puzzle Mansion commute direction from Olivarez Terminal
    The sign of jeepney to ride in going to the Puzzle Mansion from Olivarez Terminal is either "Nasugbu" or "Alfonso". Go to the terminal of jeepneys and ride a jeepney bound for Nasugbu or Alfonso". Ask driver to drop you off at "Radar Taas". Just say it "Radar Taas" in Tagalog. You can monitor the distance of the jeepneys as it approaches Radar Taas because there are signs of Puzzle Mansion placed conspicuously along Tagaytay Nasugbu Highway along which the jeepney route passes. In each Puzzle Mansion sign, the remaining distance is indicated. Do not panic when after a sign reads the lowest distance to Puzzle Mansion, the next sign would read increased distance. That's because the signs are for private motorists. Besides, Puzzle Mansion is located at the very inner part of the village, Barangay Asisan.

    It is way too far from the highway. Once you got off the jeepney at Radar Taas, take a trike at their terminal that you would immediately see in the area. Your destination? Of course, "Puzzle Mansion."

    Alternatively, you can wait for Puzzle Mansion free shuttle.


    Horseback riding at Sky Ranch in Tagaytay City
    It is not practical to go to Puzzle Mansion in public transportation. First off, there is no public transport ready anytime to take you back to the highway. You would walk uphill to get to a barangay road which seemed not served by trikes regularly. They said that there is a free shuttle that fetches visitors from highway to Puzzle Mansion and vice versa. But when I was there, I didn't see it. Maybe, they only use it during peak hours. If you don't want to be stuck for long hours in that spot, maybe you can pass visiting it.

    Puzzle Mansion is for kids as it is very educational. But if you are an adult, I'm afraid you would not appreciate it. The museum where the largest jigsaw puzzle collection is housed looked like an exhibit of large pictures and images in frames except they are actually jigsaw puzzles in photo frames. Each jigsaw is so neat that you would think that they've just been sliced but not actually undone to be fitted again. Like when you buy a small jigsaw puzzle and it's still in its plastic packaging and it is not yet opened. But the subjects of photography are great. You will see iconic and legendary figures such as The Mona Liza among others. There are also the scale models of New York, London, Chicago, etc.

    Php 100.00 entrance fee is expensive. They should charge Php 50.00 only. Why? First, the going rate of entrance fees in major destinations of Tagaytay is only fifty pesos, including the Sky Ranch. Second, Puzzle Mansion is located in a far flung area that even driving a car to get there is arduous, a lot of bending narrow alleys going up and down, endless thoughts of you have already arrived in its location only to realize that you are still too far. Lastly, the very steep decent of the road that leads to its exact location. When I was there and about to pay, I overheard a head of the family asking "Pati driver my bayad?" in a somewhat disgruntled yet joking tone of voice.

    Tagaytay Hotels

    In taking a vacation to Tagaytay in budget, the key is to avoid online hotel bookings. Even if you type cheap hotels in tagaytay, search results will populate your browser with expensive hotels. Now if you have big amount of pocket money that you can afford Php 7k a day hotel, go book online. Tagaytay hotels are all-over. From as high as Php 8,000 to as low as 1,400. Now in the 3 maps below are hotels in Tagaytay. But the third one doesn't display a particular one because, in that area located are neighborhoods where 'homestays' signs are displayed outside houses sometime in a year. Now if it happened that a space is available when you get there, you are lucky because their cost is lower than the standard cheap hotels in Tagaytay. Problem is you will not see them all the time. The sign is removed once a place is taken. If that happens, the best part of Tagaytay is near the rotunda as it is nearer to terminals of jeepneys headed to different attractions in Tagaytay. Look at each map and see how numerous hotels are in Tagaytay. First map is populated by cheap standard hotels, second map displays first class hotels in Tagaytay, and the third map is where from time to time in a year homestay accommodations are available.

    In this first Tagaytay map are cheap hotels in Tagaytay.

    Our second Tagaytay map displays expensive Tagaytay hotels.

    In the third map is Emilio Aguinaldo Highway where homestays are available from time to time. The location is kilometers away before Tagaytay City proper and will be passed by bus from Manila so watch for that area when your nearing Tagaytay.